sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə-\

Definition of sousaphone

: a large circular tuba that has a flared adjustable bell — compare helicon

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Dozens of monochromatically clad dancers joined Bey, along with a drumline with sousaphone and trombone players. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Why Beyoncé Placed HBCU’s at the Center of American Life," 7 May 2018 In an interview this week, Mr. Jaffe, 47, Preservation Hall’s creative director, said his band’s signature sousaphone was returned on Monday. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Yes, People Actually Steal Tubas. Sometimes They Even Return Them.," 16 Mar. 2018 Ben Jaffe in happier times with his Mario Corso sousaphone, now missing, during a Preservation Hall Jazz Band tour last year. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "There’s a Tuba Crime Wave Sweeping America," 7 Mar. 2018 Jaffe's sousaphone tuba, manufactured by Mario Corso, is boldly marked with the name Preservation Hall on the bell. Doug Maccash,, "Tuba theft is more common than you might think: report," 8 Mar. 2018 Purrazzo played piano and percussive instruments while Wcislo played tuba and sousaphone and was also a choir member. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "In March, Matt Zach & Tom throw some Irish into the mix, but keep the comma at bay," 7 Mar. 2018 Songs in Guadeloupean Creole backed by blues guitar and sousaphone. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Review: Globalfest’s World Music for a Connected World," 15 Jan. 2018 And all Kerr needs to sing the praises of Klay is a little background music: a guitar, banjo, sitar or sousaphone will do. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rivalry and revelry for Warriors, Cavs on day fit for a King," 14 Jan. 2018 A sousaphone plays mournfully in its lowest register, while a man whistles robin calls, and two people chat conspiratorially. Lori Waxman,, "'En Mas' at DuSable takes a different look at Caribbean carnival," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of sousaphone

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sousaphone

John Philip Sousa

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sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə-\

Kids Definition of sousaphone

: a large circular tuba designed to rest on the player's shoulder and used chiefly in marching bands

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